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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on February 22nd, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (PJ@SustainabiliTank.com)

ON FEBRUARY 4, 2013 WE POSTED THE FIRST INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FIRST-OF-A-KIND PEACE EVENT AT THE UN.
NOW OUR FIRST UPDATE COMES BECAUSE OF FIRST DIRECT INFORMATION FROM THE ISRAEL MISSION TO THE UN.

this information says:

On March 5, 2013 the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN will host a special event in the UN General Assembly hall – a concert by the Israeli-Iranian singer Rita. Among the attendees will be Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, ambassadors, celebrities, and Jewish and Iranian community leaders.

Rita will sing some of her greatest hits in Persian, Hebrew and English, and songs from her childhood in Tehran. Her Persian album, My Joys, was an international smash hit, and created a large fan base for Rita in her native Iran.

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Our comment: Please note that the concert happens at a time that Iran and Israel are in the news, US Secretary of State John Kerry and then US President Barack Obama go to the Middle East, an important attempt at finding a solution of conflict with Iran goes on in Kazakhstan, and elections for a new President of Iran are in the works as well. In Israel the time is running out for the formation of a new government. Rather then insults – what will be heard at the General Assembly Great Hall at the UN will be music of love at a time of spring and renewal.

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OUR ORIGINAL POSTING OF FEBRUARY 4th READ: “RITA – the Iranian-Israeli cultural treasure to appear at the UN in the run-up to Nowruz 1392 (2013); if the UN is ready to gather courage this could melt Middle East ice. As the media gets these news – there will be many updates.”

Last November we wrote with enthusiasm about RITA’s performance at the New York City Town Hall. Now,  from Matthew Russell Lee at the UN we learned that in March she will appear at the UN – in the great Assembly Hall of the UN General Assembly. I can already see with the eyes of my mind how people will dance in their seats, and if possible all over the sides of the Hall.

‘Nowruz’, “New Day” in Persian, is the name of the Iranian New Year; it marks the beginning of the corresponding traditional celebrations in Iranian calendars. An Iranian Spring that this year will coincide with the start of the election process of a new Iranian President that will replace Mr. Ahmadi-Nejad.

A beginning of a new year,  marked by the first day of spring that comes with the equinox! It is celebrated by the different Iranian peoples and the related cultural continent. These celebrations have also spread to many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some groups in the Balkans.

In 2009, Norwuz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – here we start talking real politics wrapping up our best hopes. Also, important to remember that UNESCO has its Palestinian Statehood difficulties and here a chance to show a positive side.

Nowruz 2013 – Islamic year 1392 – this year’s celebration falls on Thursday, 21 March 2013 – or just 45 days from now. It seems that the Israelis and the UN will set March 5th as the date for RITA’s appearance at the UN – whatever – this will be clearly in the run-up to Nowruz.

Would it not be nice to see in this an Iranian Spring at the UN or if you wish an Iranian-Israeli love fest? My mind starts swirling like that of a Derwish. Will the UN for once step up to its goals?

Rita, who came with her parents from Tehran in Iran to Ashkelon in Israel – is bi-cultural and while an openly declared treasure in Israel – surely as well a hidden treasure in Iran. Will the UN have the courage needed to have her build bridges with her appearance on the UN stage?

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Matthew writes:  Israel Plans UN Concert by Iranian-Born Singer Rita, March 5, 2013 Showdown

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, February 1, 2013 — With the UN on edge over Israel’s air strike on Syria and possible reactions not only from Damascus but Tehran, Inner City Press has learned of a planned Israeli-sponsored concert slated for March 5, by Iranian-born singer Rita Jahanforuz.

The concert, sources tell Inner City Press, has already occasioned controversy in the UN. The concerns only grew when the Viva Vox choir, invited to perform a concert at the UN by General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, ended with the controversial song “March on the Drina.”

Then, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky if the Secretariat had provided any financial support. The first day the answer was “no.” The next day at least $26,000 for “technical support” was disclosed (that is for the Serbian event I assume).

Sources tell Inner City Press that while the UN Department of Public Information will now assist with Israel’s Rita concert, initially it was suggested to the Israeli Mission that they try for sponsorship from UNESCO.

While some laughed at this — since Palestine was voted in as a member of UNESCO, the US cut its funding — others saw it as potentially savvy, a way for UNESCO to change its image.

Be that as it may, the concert is now slated with some DPI support for March 5; preparation and coordination meetings have begun.

It would be difficult to postpone it, as the General Assembly Hall where it is to be held will be closing down in April for renovation.

How will Iran, Syria and others react?

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We think that bringing it closer to March 21st would have made the timing pinpointed, but having it ahead of the spring revival is just OK and the event will be a multi-level eye-opener nevertheless. Thank you Matthew for bringing this to our attention.

Please see our previous article about RITA:

Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on November 14th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (PJ@SustainabiliTank.com)

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UPDATED:

Unlikely Coupling: Iranian-Israeli Rita to Perform at UN (VIDEO)

February 5, 2013 10:35 pm on Algemeiner.com
Rita performs in Jerusalem, 2009. Photo: Wikipedia.

Rita, the Israeli-Iranian singer who has been a cultural bridge between the otherwise diametrically opposed nations, will be appearing at the UN on March, 5. The show will be titled “Tunes for Peace” and seeks to “build bridges, foster inner-cultural dialogue, and connect people to people,” according to a flier for the event. The performance will take place in the General Assembly Hall.

In an interview published by The Algemeiner last year Rita explained what she sees as her role in being a cultural ambassador:

“I believe that it’s up to us, the simple folks, to do all we can to break through barriers. I know the people of Iran, I grew up there. They are the most human-loving people there are, so modest and family oriented. It makes me want to show the world the ‘other’ Iran – It’s there. The extreme regime is not the people at all. People kept asking what made me sing in the language of Ahmadinejad, and I answered that his role is so minimal in such an astonishing culture and rich history, he’s just passing through.”

Watch a video of Rita’s “Shah Doomad” at:  www.algemeiner.com/2013/02/05/unl…

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THE ISRAELI PRESS RELEASE OF TODAY – Friday, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 reads:

Invitation to a concert at the General Assembly hall.

On March 5, 2013 the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN will host a special event in the UN General Assembly hall – a concert by the Israeli-Iranian singer Rita. Among the attendees will be Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, ambassadors, celebrities, and Jewish and Iranian community leaders.

Rita will sing some of her greatest hits in Persian, Hebrew and English, and songs from her childhood in Tehran. Her Persian album, My Joys, was an international smash hit, and created a large fan base for Rita in her native Iran.

Please find attached a press release:

THE ISRAELI MISSION MAKES HISTORY AT THE UN WITH A CONCERT BY ISRAELI POP ICON RITA, SINGING IN BOTH PERSIAN AND HEBREW FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL

Rita, Cultural Ambassador, and Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Partner for “Tunes for Peace” Concert.

The Israeli Mission to the UN announces a first-of-its-kind event to be held in the UN General Assembly Hall: a concert by world-renowned Israeli musical artist Rita. The performance, titled “Tunes for Peace,” will take place on March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM.  Among the attendees will be UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, ambassadors, diplomats, and leaders of the Jewish and Iranian communities.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor: “In the General Assembly, the voices that we hear are usually those of condemnation and criticism towards Israel.

Rita’s concert will allow the world to hear different voices – those of peace, hope, and multiculturalism.

These are the true voices of Israel. Rita’s beautiful melodies will echo from the chambers of the UN General Assembly to the hearts and minds of Iranians and Israelis, fostering better understanding between our two peoples.”

Rita and her nine-piece band will perform her popular hits in both Hebrew and English, as well as songs in Persian from Rita’s latest album, My Joys. The album, which has received widespread international acclaim, interweaves the Iranian melodies of Rita’s childhood with the rich tapestry of contemporary Israeli music. My Joys achieved gold status within a month of its release and created a new legion of Rita fans in her native Iran.

Rita’s UN concert, “Tunes for Peace,” seeks to build bridges, foster inter-cultural dialogue, and connect people to people – the very foundations upon which the United Nations was established.

Rita: “Our country has a strained relationship with the Iranian leadership.  I stress the leadership – not the people. I was amazed at how enthusiastically the new album was embraced by the people of Iran. Its success drew the attention of the media, which began referring to the album as a symbol of hope and connection”.

Known to the world simply as “Rita,” Rita Yahan-Farouz, emigrated from Iran at the age of eight. Over the course of her 25-year career, Rita has sold over a million albums, and currently serves as Israel’s most prominent and prolific pop voice. She recently completed a concert tour in the United States.

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from: Karean Peretz, Spokesperson
Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN

Email    kareanp@newyork.mfa.gov.il

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PERMANENT MISSION OF ISRAEL ?????? ??????
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THE ISRAELI MISSION MAKES HISTORY AT THE UN WITH A CONCERT BY ISRAELI POP ICON RITA, SINGING IN BOTH PERSIAN AND HEBREW
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL
Rita, Cultural Ambassador, and Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Partner for “Tunes for Peace” Concert

New York, NY: The Israeli Mission to the UN announces a first-of-its-kind event to be held in the UN General Assembly Hall: a concert by world-renowned Israeli musical artist Rita. The performance, titled “Tunes for Peace,” will take place on March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Among the attendees will be UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, ambassadors, diplomats, and leaders of the Jewish and Iranian communities.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor: “In the General Assembly, the voices that we hear are usually those of condemnation and criticism towards Israel. Rita’s concert will allow the world to hear different voices – those of peace, hope, and multiculturalism. These are the true voices of Israel. Rita’s beautiful melodies will echo from the chambers of the UN General Assembly to the hearts and minds of Iranians and Israelis, fostering better understanding between our two peoples.”
Rita and her nine-piece band will perform her popular hits in both Hebrew and English, as well as songs in Persian from Rita’s latest album, My Joys. The album, which has received widespread international acclaim, interweaves the Iranian melodies of Rita’s childhood with the rich tapestry of contemporary Israeli music. My Joys achieved gold status within a month of its release and created a new legion of Rita fans in her native Iran.
Rita’s UN concert, “Tunes for Peace,” seeks to build bridges, foster inter-cultural dialogue, and connect people to people – the very foundations upon which the United Nations was established.
Rita: “Our country has a strained relationship with the Iranian leadership. I stress the leadership – not the people. I was amazed at how enthusiastically the new album was embraced by the people of Iran. Its success drew the attention of the media, which began referring to the album as a symbol of hope and connection”.
Known to the world simply as “Rita,” Rita Yahan-Farouz, emigrated from Iran at the age of eight. Over the course of her 25-year career, Rita has sold over a million albums, and currently serves as Israel’s most prominent and prolific pop voice. She recently completed a concert tour in the United States.

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